Tales From The Crypt

To solve history's mysteries, graveyard sleuths are unearthing the dead and famous

WITH SWEAT SLIDING DOWN HIS BROW, scientific sleuth James Starrs shoves a long steel probe down through the dirt around the grave of American explorer Meriwether Lewis. A few moments later, his team drags a radar sled across the same neatly clipped grass and around the weathered limestone monument. Their mission: to learn the truth of Lewis' mysterious death by gunshot here on a Tennessee stretch of the Natchez Trace, the old road between Natchez, Mississippi, and Nashville, Tennessee, nearly 183 years ago. Did this pioneer, whose trek to the Pacific Northwest with William Clark has been a staple of grade-school...

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